Woodworking Plans

woodworking plans informationA good set of woodworking plans will enable you to produce a shopping list of raw materials required to complete a project. You’ll then be able to call or visit your hardware store and find out how much it will cost you to buy everything you need to complete the job.

You’ll find some great information and tips there for making your projects a hit. Furthermore, shared below are 5 tips to help you maximize the effectiveness of your woodworking plans.

If you’re in a rush, here are some of our popular plans you may wish to take a look at…

Tip 1: Getting Your Tools

If you discover that you need any new tools, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth making the investment, or whether you could borrow what you need from a friend or neighbor. If woodworking is something you do a lot of, then there’s no substitute to having your own set of tools.

Tip 2: Download & Print them Out

Although you can view plans online, it is best to download and print them. Once printed you can take time to study them thoroughly and make notes on the paper as you go though them. For example, if the plans recommend using certain screws, you might know that you already have sufficient quantities, so you can put a tick next to them on the plans as something you don’t need to buy.

The same goes for the tools recommended. If the plans indicate a specific size of chisel for making a joint and you don’t already own that chisel, you can highlight it on the plans as something you need to buy. Once you’ve bought it, you will have it for future projects.

Tip 3: Determine Your Workspace

When studying the plans, pay careful attention to the space you’ll need to build the project. If you’re making a coffee table for example, you’ll need a working area big enough to operate in. When staining or painting the finished piece, you’ll also need somewhere dry and free from dust, so that could be a room in your home, or a garage.

Tip 4: Visualize the Process

As you read the woodworking plans, go though the process of actually building the project in your mind’s eye. Visualize yourself cutting and sanding the wood, screwing and gluing the joints into place through to the finishing and polishing the end product.

Tip 5: Highlight Certain Tasks

Use this time to highlight any parts of the process where you might need help carrying large pieces of wood, or where you might have to get some large items delivered to your home. Also, highlight any tasks that you’ve not tried before such as special cuts or techniques, so you can practice these on scrap wood before you start.

Before you begin any woodworking project, make sure you read your plans 2 or 3 times making notes as you go along. Bask in the fact that a good set of plans will help you produce something that you can really be proud of.

Here are a couple great Woodworking Plan resources:

2 Responses to “Woodworking Plans”

  1. Gerald says:

    Hi Shaun,

    Thanks for sharing the above tips. It’s true that some of the power tools out there can be really expensive! I think I’ll see if my brother or work mates have any tools they can spare for the mean time. And, I’ll definitely keep the other ideas in mind when working on my projects.

    I was just wondering if you could tell me if Teds woodworking has any plans on cabinets at all? As that’s the next thing I’ve really gotta tick off on my to do list.

    Cheers,
    Gerald

  2. Shaun says:

    You’re welcome Gerald. Happy that you found some of those tips useful.
    Yeah, some power tools can put you out of pocket quite a bit. Really depends what you’re after though. However, if you’re just starting it borrowing tools is probably your best bet.

    I believe there are several Cabinet Plans available in Teds Woodworking package as well as a variety of others for practically any indoor or outdoor project.

    If you have any further questions at all please feel free to let me know. 🙂

    Best Shaun –

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